Homebrewers have only two choices when it comes to packaging their beer: Bottle or keg. Canning isn’t a realistic option.
Well, it will be at the Grandview Craft Beer Alliance’s Summer Session beer festival in August. The Grandview Heights nonprofit has hooked up with Buckeye Canning and will offer an opportunity for people to bring 5 gallons of homebrew to the event so it can be professionally canned.
“It’s kind of cool,” said Dan Blatt, co-owner of Buckeye Canning. “It’s going to be fun to hang with the homebrewers.”
He also sees it as an opportunity educate people about cans. His mobile company has been traveling around Ohio putting beer in cans for small craft brewers, including Buckeye, Elevator, Rocky River, Four String and Maumee Bay.
“We’re really excited about how this is coming together with the homebrewing,” said Laura Oldham, one of the event organizers.
The Grandview Craft Beer Alliance and Buckeye Canning are still working on the details of how this is going to happen. Homebrewers will have to sign up in advance. Organizers aren’t sure how long it will take to fill individual cans by hand and then have them sealed.
The price isn’t set, either. Some of the proceeds will be donated to charity, Blatt said. The 16-ounce aluminum cans, by the way, will just be silver without any pre-printed images on them.
As for the actual Summer Session festival, it runs from 3 to 7 p.m. in the park at the southeast corner of Grandview and Goodale in Grandview Heights. It’s the Grandview Craft Beer Alliance’s second event, following the High Gravity Hullabaloo held in February. That initial festival focused on high-alcohol brews and smoked meats.
The Summer Session will feature Ohio beers that fall below 5 percent alcohol by volume. The following breweries are slated to participate so far: Actual, Four String, Hoof Hearted, North High, Rhinegeist, Seventh Son, Wolf's Ridge and Zauber.
There also will be food trucks, the Mobile Taproom from The Ohio Taproom, outdoor entertainment and demonstrations on how to make shandies. Dogs are welcome.
Tickets are $25.
“The Hullabaloo was a huge success for our first event, and we wanted to produce the same type of high-quality event with a completely different theme and tone for our summer event,” group co-founder Jamie Gentry said in a news release. “We want The Summer Session to be the yang to the Hullabaloo’s yin.”
“The Summer Session will offer guests the opportunity to enjoy the growing session beer trend in the setting of a lazy Saturday afternoon outside,” co-founder Doug Oldham added. “Bring your dogs, blankets, chairs, Frisbees — it’s going to be a laid-back, relaxing afternoon of enjoying great local beers and chatting with the local brewers.”
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